Tag: Food

Our New Year’s resolution to eat around the world - 52 countries in one year

My family has a big goal for the New Year. In 2018, we’re going to eat around the world. For 52 weeks, we’re going to eat 52 different ethnic cuisines. At first, I wondered if that was even possible. But, my husband rallied our sons to brainstorm the type of cuisines we’ve tried or could... Read more »

5 reasons why a hotel breakfast buffet is always a good idea

Whenever my family stays at a hotel, we always select the room option that includes breakfast – if that means we get to indulge in a breakfast buffet. No matter if we’re in Athens, Greece or Sofia, Bulgaria, we’re always ready to select and enjoy the breakfast buffet. And, we’ve never been disappointed to start... Read more »

Family travel: Coming to terms with choosing to eat at chain restaurants

At home in Chicago, my husband and I are always on the search for new, local restaurants to eat at with our family. We seek out ones offering new ethnic cuisines. We seek out ones in new neighborhoods. We seek out ones with healthy, local fare on their menus. So, when we travel, we often... Read more »
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Are fresh Greek yogurt shops ready to spread across the U.S.?

I’m forever thankful to the writer of the Lonely Planet Athens guide for introducing us to Fresko, a fresh Greek yogurt shop located on Dionysiou Areopagitou between the Acropolis and Hadrian’s Gate, during our trip to Athens this winter. We had just left the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and, after being mesmerized by the history... Read more »

Afternoon snack times around the world - fika, goûter, merenda, la merienda and more

On a recent trip to New York City, I stopped dead in my tracks as I made my way past shop after shop and café after café on the Upper West Side. What caught my attention? One bold word hung at the top of the doorway of a café: FIKA. That’s all it took. One word... Read more »

Comfort foods around the world: As shared by moms from countries across the globe

Whenever I was sick as a child, my mom would make a big batch of matzo ball soup. And, she hasn’t stopped yet. I’ll never forget when I told my mom I wasn’t feeling well when I was pregnant with my first child. Hours later she was on my doorstep with a large metallic soup... Read more »
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Can you name the foods in a full English breakfast?

During the winter, my family loves to spend our weekend mornings at an English pub – in Chicago. Yes, with the cold weather upon us and English Premier League soccer well under way, an English pub is a fantastic place to spend a morning fueling up and cheering on our favorite teams – even with our young sons. For us, there’s nothing like... Read more »

Forging a cultural connection with food: What recipes will you pass on to your children?

So many of my childhood memories revolve around food. When I think of my grandma, I think of us shopping together at Jewish delis and bakeries, picking up chocolate ruggelah, lox and corned beef – and always a bag of kichel for my mom. When I think of holidays, I think of my family crowded around the dining... Read more »

Chicago-area chefs demonstrate globally inspired dishes at 2014 Fall French Market

On Saturday, Chef Tim Kirker of <a href="www,=.bistrotzinc.com">Bistrot Zinc</a> got the morning started off right with the perfect brunch dish - Almond Cake with Macerated Berries.
This weekend, thousands of people came to shop, eat and create à la française at the 10th annual Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market, which took place Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9. The French  fête boasted more than 75 vendors selling specialty and artisan goods. Shoppers didn’t need to worry about running out of energy... Read more »
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Global desserts: Spanish churros

The other weekend, my husband and I lured our sons out of the warm comfort of their beds with one singular temptation – churros. We had our sights set on spending the afternoon in Pilsen, taking advantage of the Chicago neighborhood’s annual art gallery walk. But, before we did, we knew we had to make sure our two young sons... Read more »